Tishrei

A Gate of Intentions for the High Holy Days Rabbi Sarel Rosenblatt is the Rosh Kollel of the Straus Kollel at the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary  We are now in the midst of the days of teshuva and tikkun; days of atonement, forgiveness and mercy; days of judgement and love; days of festivity …

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Rabbi Avi Bart

Four Approaches to Teshuva Rabbi Avi Bart is a shaliach of the Straus-Amiel Emissary Training Institute serving as the Assistant Rabbi of Blake Street Synagogue in Melbourne, Australia Eyes closed, face buried in your machzor; you stand in shul. Swaying gently in rhythm with the haunting melody of ונתנה תוקף ‘Let us voice the power …

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Rabbanit Sally Mayer

Why Did God Create Us?  Rabbanit Sally Mayer is the Rosh Midrasha of Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program  Why did God create us? From time to time, this question arises, especially around the the Yamim Nora’im (The High Holy Days), as we remember the creation of the world and take stock of …

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Andi and Rabbi Nir Koren

The Emotional Pull of the Shofar Rabbi Nir and Andy Koren are shlichim of the Straus-Amiel Emissary Training Institute serving as Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Jewish community in Quito, Ecuador At the climax of Yom Kippur, right after the solemn Tekia Gedola (the long shofar blast), a woman from our community who defines herself as someone who …

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Rabbi David Kalb

People Hearing without Listening Rabbi David Kalb is the director of OTS’s Jewish Learning Center “People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening. People writing songs that voices never share. No one dared. Disturb the sound of silence”. (“The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon, recorded by Simon & Garfunkel on the album “Wednesday Morning 3 …

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Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum

Shlichut as a Way of Life: Serving the Jewish People Through Emissary Work Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum is the founding director of OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Emissary Training Programs For me, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are days of contemplation, a time to reflect upon my life and my place in this world.  Alongside the beautiful …

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Rabbi Shlomo Schechter

The Breath of Life Rabbi Shlomo Schachter is a shaliach of the Straus-Amiel Emissary Training Institute serving as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Schara Tzedeck in Vancouver, Canada As a general rule of thumb in Judaism, the more important something is to us, the more rules we have about it.  Shabbat, for example, is the …

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Remembrance and the Journey from Judgment to Mercy Rabbi Ohad Teharlev is the director of Israeli Programs at Midreshet Lindenbaum There are two Memorial Days in the Jewish-Israeli calendar: Rosh Hashanah, and Remembrance Day for fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terror. These are both significant days that generate a change in the world. The …

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Pnina Omer

The Importance of Melody in the Journey of Teshuva during the High Holidays Pnina Omer is the director of OTS’s Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center & Hotline The journey of teshuva – repenting and finding forgiveness – during the High Holy Days stands upon three pillars: time, words, and melodies.   The …

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